As part of a community outreach, teachers contacted community organizations to identify ways that students could be involved in supporting local needs. They identified four organizations that expressed an interest in making connections with students and invited their contributions: a seniors’ residence, a homeless shelter, a women’s centre, and a centre that provided toys for children in the community. Students visited the organizations and then, along with their families, collected and delivered the items requested by each organization.
Teacher and Student Reflections
All students participated, and teachers noticed a strong sense of pride in contributing. In reflecting on the activity, student comments included:
- It gave us a chance to help others.
- I felt happy participating in this project because I was helping other people.
- It made me feel happy and proud that we could do that for them.
- It made me realize how lucky I was in my life.
- I felt joyful and happy doing this because I was making a difference
I can interact with others and the environment respectfully and thoughtfully.
I can build and sustain relationships and share my feelings. I contribute to group activities that make my classroom, school, community, or natural world a better place. I can identify different perspectives on an issue, clarify problems, consider alternatives, and evaluate strategies. I can demonstrate respectful and inclusive behaviour with people I know. I can explain why something is fair or unfair.